Boughton House

Garden events and things to do this month

Find out what events, open gardens and more are happening this month

There’s a whole host of events happening this month that should satisfy all your horticultural needs. Here’s our selection of what not to miss.


Back to school with the RHS

It’s never too late to develop new skills and increase your gardening knowledge, and now is the time to enrol for the highly respected RHS horticultural qualifications starting in September. Courses, designed to fit around work and other commitments, are held at more than 80 approved centres across the UK, and you can choose between a theoretical or a practical, hands-on mode of study.

The Art and Craft of Gardening with Tropical Foliage Plants

Get to grips with tropical foliage plants in a practical, hands-on workshop and garden walk at Waddesdon Manor. There will be a number of tropical treats from the garden collection to take home, and all equipment will be provided. 12 September, 2-5pm, £17.50 plus grounds admission. Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP18 0JH. Tel 01296 820414,

Little Girl I, II, III by Lynn Chadwick. Sculpture trail, RHS Wisley, May 2019
Little Girl I, II, III by Lynn Chadwick. © RHS/Paul Debois
© RHS/Paul Debois

Sculpture at Wisley 2019

Follow a trail of some 100 pieces from artists taking part in the Surrey Sculpture Society’s Trail at RHS Garden Wisley. While you are there you can also enjoy a major exhibition of modern sculpture featuring works by Henry Moore, Lynn Chadwick (shown) and Tracey Emin. Entry to both sculpture exhibitions is included in general garden admission. The Surrey Sculpture Society Trail runs from17 August – 22 September. The Sculpture at Wisley exhibition runs until 1 December. Wisley Lane, Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB. Tel 01483 224234,

Wudston House and Roche Court Tour

Enjoy a Garden Days Out tour of Wudston House a private garden near Devises in Wiltshire, with a dramatic perennial meadow, designed by James Hitchmough, and exotic borders by Nick Macer of Pan Global Plants. This is followed by a visit to the private, 25-acre sculpture park at Roche Court, Wiltshire. Starting point Pewsey Station. 23 August, £120. Tel 0117 317 9874,

Land, Art and Ecology at Charleston

Listen to artists Philip Hughes and Chris Drury discuss creating artwork inspired by land and ecology, at an evening talk in the South Gallery at Charleston House, home of the Bloomsbury Group. 23 August, 6pm, £10. Charleston, Firle, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 6LL. Tel 01323 811626,

Pollinator Festival

Find out about the research and conservation work being done in Wales and learn how to support pollinators at home, with talks, stalls and guided walks. 24-26 August, 10am-6pm. Free with general garden admission. National Botanic Garden of Wales, Middleton Hall, Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire SA32 8HN. Tel 01558 667149,

Packwood House
© Graham Quinton-Tulloch National Trust

Hidcote Through the Seasons with Rachel Dein

See how artist Rachel Dein has captured the delicate beauty of the changing seasons at Hidcote in this exhibition of her botanical casts of flowers and foliage collected in the historic gardens. Until end of March, free with garden admission. Hidcote Bartrim, nr Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire GL55 6LR. Tel 01386 438333,

Old Rectory Opening

Don’t miss a rare chance to visit the contemporary, three-acre garden designed by Anoushka Feiler at the Old Rectory in Northamptonshire when it opens for the NGS this month. 1 September. £10 (tickets must be booked in advance). Old Rectory, Quinton Preston Deanery Road, Quinton, Northamptonshire NN7 2ED.

Bold Contemporary Landform Design

Take a day trip with the Garden Museum to see two gardens – Redhill Lodge and Boughton House – that have created stunning earthworks as part of their garden design. 4 September, 10.15am-5pm, £135 (tickets must be booked in advance). Meet at Corby railway station, Station Road, Corby, Northamptonshire NN17 1UJ. Tel 020 7401 8865,

An artwork by Rachel Dein

Scottish Rock Garden Festival

Find out all about rock gardening in this six-day programme of talks and workshops at National Trust for Scotland Inverewe Garden. 4-9 September, 10am-6pm. This event is included in the garden admission price. Poolewe, Achnasheen, Ross-shire IV22 2LG. Tel 01445 712952,

Heritage Open Days

Now in its 25th year, Heritage Open Days is an opportunity to visit some of England’s most famous historic gardens – plus others not normally open to the public – for free. Among this year’s highlights are Packwood House in Warwickshire, Stowe in Buckinghamshire with its sweeping lawns and follies, and the Victorian allotments at Durham Cathedral. As well as being a wonderful chance to peek inside some fabulous gardens, Heritage Open Days are also a great way to discover some hidden histories, through fascinating talks, including one this year on how the humble garden gnome has its origins in Renaissance Italy. 13-21 September.

Cyanotype Workshop

Learn how to use this 19th-century photographic process to create beautiful blue botanical prints using sunlight, on this half-day workshop run by artist Sally Gunnett. 15 September, 10am-12pm, £30. Forest, Deptford High Street, London SE8 4NS. Tel 020 8691 5888,


Garden and landscape designer James Alexander Sinclair is one of the many people hosting sessions at this year’s Landscape trade show at Battersea Park on 17 and 18 September, which Gardens Illustrated is partnering on. It brings together the landscape industry and introduces visitors to the latest products and techniques. 17 and 18 September, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ. Register to visit for free at

Magnificent Pots with Sarah Raven

Discover how to create stylish pots and bulb lasagnes on this one-day course taught by Sarah Raven and Perch Hill’s head gardener Josie Lewis. 18 September, 10.30am-4pm. £185. Perch Hill Farm, Willingford Lane, Robertsbridge, East Sussex TN32 5HP. Tel 01424 838000,

Garden Museum's Houseplant Festival
Garden Museum’s Houseplant Festival

Garden Photography Workshop with Andrea Jones

Perfect your photography skills with GMG Garden Photographer of the Year 2018, Andrea Jones. This intensive, weekend course will cover image processing as well as theory and practical photography. 
20-22 September, £299. Fairnielaw, Main Street, Athelstaneford, 
North Berwick EH39 5BE. Tel 01620 880249,

Garden Masterclass: The Ultimate Kitchen Garden

Learn how to put together the perfect combination of flavour and beauty with advice and inspiration from writers and gardeners Mark Diacono and Lia Leendertz. 25 September, 11am-6pm, £140. Yeo Valley Organic Garden, Blagdon, Somerset BS40 7SQ. Tel 01761 462798,

Understanding The Garden Environment

Find out how to test your soil’s texture and pH and how to ameliorate it so plants can thrive, on this new one-day course at RHS Garden Wisley. 
28 September, 10.15am-4pm. £76. RHS Garden Wisley, Wisley Lane, 
Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB. Tel 020 3176 5830,

Malvern Autumn Show

Sample the fruits of this year’s harvest at the 25th annual Malvern Autumn Show. 28-29 September, 9am-6pm, £22 on the door (see website for discounted tickets). Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire WR13 6NW. Tel 01684 584900,


Houseplant Festival

Whether you have a passion for pileas,
are mad about monsteras, or just want 
to learn a little bit more about greening your home, the new Houseplant Festival at London’s Garden Museum promises to be your perfect day out this month. Curated by Telegraph journalist Alice Vincent, better known to her many Instagram followers as @noughticulture, the one-day festival is an opportunity to get expert advice on how to care for your houseplants, take part in workshops and 
plant swaps and, of course, do a little plant shopping from a host of houseplant specialists, including Forest, Patch Plants and London Terrariums. Tickets cost £5, which includes access to the rest of the museum. 
29 September, 11am-5pm.